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Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Beyond the Blog – All About {n}


Welcome to Beyond the Blog, where we’ll not only be featuring some amazing blogs but also the creative people behind them. Today we have an interview with Nelaine from All About {n}. We are so happy to have her with us today. We love her weekly features Bookcase of the Week and So many books, So little time. Not to mention the appearance of her blog is one of our favorites. Lets jump straight into the interview so you can see for yourself why we are fans.

All About {n}

Let’s start with a few blog related questions

Why did you start blogging?
I’ve been blogging for years now. Well over the three years that my current blog has been running. Before blogger I used to have a blog on Xanga. There I chronicled my daily experiences and both my pregnancies. I used it as an outlet for the my rants and rates, my fears, worries, dreams, etc. and maybe a book review somewhere in there.

How has your blog changed since you first started it?
When I actually started All About {n} it was also in a journalistic fashion. Thus the name All About {n} – because it was all about me. Eventually it evolved into a book blog that’s why the name really isn’t a bookish one.

When it comes to writing reviews, do you spend hours stressing over it or do you simply write it and move on?
I actually write reviews pretty quickly. I don’t stress. I try to make them short, sweet and simple. Was it good, what I liked about it and what I didn’t. I’ll re-read a couple of times make some minor changes and move on.

There has been a lot of talk lately about posting negative reviews. What is your opinion about it?
There has been? I didn’t even know this. I believe in positive reviews. If I like it… swell. If I don’t… well that’s just my opinion. I never say not to read a book based on my opinion. I give my fair and honest opinion and if someone doesn’t like it well… tough cookies.

What is a favorite post that you’ve done?
I definitely don’t have a favorite post. But I do love my Bookcase of the Week posts. Why? Because I’m nosey and love to see how people store their books.

What is one thing that you think new bloggers should be careful not to do?
Don’t stress the little things. Enjoy yourselves reading, writing reviews and not about publicity, publishers, authors, etc.

Let’s get to know the bloggers behind the blog, shall we?

Instead of just asking for your name, do you have a nickname people call you by?
Actually Nely is my nickname. My full name is Nelaine (pronounced Knee-Lane) I’ve hated it my whole life. No one ever pronounces it right thus I’m more commonly known as Nely.

Where are you from?
I live in sunny Miami. Lived in Florida my whole life although my parents are Cuban.

What do you do for a living?
I work in law firm as a paralegal. Luckily work has been slow and I sit in front of my computer blogging, twitter-ing, facebook-ing or on GoodReads.

What is a typical day in your life like?
I wake up at the crack of dawn and begin wrangling the kids to preschool. Brushing teeth, getting dressed, watching some Curious George, etc. After they’re dropped off and my daily stop at the local Starbucks, I’m off to work for the standard 9 to 5. Then it’s time to pick up kids, start homework, get some type of dinner on the table. Which is usual cooked for us since I don’t cook. Then it’s showers, story before bedtime and finally “me” time. This usually starts anywhere from 9 to 11pm. The hubs and I will cuddle, watch a movie or finally me snuggling up to a book till the wee hours of the morning. Oh yes, that’s when I read at night. And then, I start the whole thing again at the crack of dawn.

It’s noon on a Sunday, what are you up to?
Cleaning. Sundays are the days I clean. I run around doing groceries all while washing clothes, cleaning floors, washing dishes, and the like.

What is something that people might be surprised to know about you?
Actually I’m a pretty open book. I’ve talked about anything and everything on my book or Twitter.

What is your favorite thing to do (aside from reading) in your down time?
Spending time with my family. The hubster and I are very dedicated to doing fun things with the kids on the weekend. So we’re always off to one thing or another. The park, the zoo, the beach, a concert… whatever keeps them entertained works for us.

Do you hide the fact that you read romance books?
Sometimes I do. (vows head in shame). I read a little bit of everything. I truly do, but the books I do the less reviews on are romances. Don’t know why because I enjoy them just as much as everything else.

You’re stranded on an island (not really sure how that happened) and when you look in your bag you’re thankful to see your 5 favorite books are in there. What’s in your bag?
Crap. That’s a tough one. I honestly can say I don’t have any favorite books. I enjoy many of the books I read but I rarely (if ever) read anything more than once.

You just won your dream vacation, all expenses paid. Where are you going?
Italy. I’ve always wanted to go but ever since the kids came along we decide we won’t go until they are older and we can all enjoy it as a family. I would hate to leave them behind for a 2 week vacation.

Oh we forgot to mention you get to take your fantasy man with you. So, who are you taking?
The hubster. Haha. Yes, I know that may be corny.. but believe it or not, he is a stud muffin, he loves me to pieces and is great in bed… hahaha

We want to thank Nelaine for stopping by our. She’s great and if you want to know more about her, here is where you can find her.

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About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural, & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads

8 Comments

  1. Haha – Thank you girls for having me. Forgive all the typo’s – I actually answered these questions while my kids were having bubble bath fun and needless to say I was rushing through my answers in order to break up the countless bubble fights.

  2. What a fabulous way to learn a little about the people behind the blogs we read all the time. Nely sounds like a real hoot!

  3. I *heart* Nely! I love that she is like me and doesn’t stress to much over reviews. Honestly, I just sit down write them and let them go out into the universe. I am usually afterwards wishing I had an editor but then I remind myself to just let it go :)

    I love that her hubs is her dream island man :)

  4. I just started following Nely’s blog so it was fun getting to learn a little more about her. I love that she’s a local girl too. =)

  5. Great interview — I enjoy Nely’s blog so I’m unsurprised she’s so entertaining ‘away’ from the blog! Thanks to both for sharing!

  6. I loved learning more about Nely – she is such a fun blogging personality! And has one of my fave blogs to read daily. :)